THE INKER’S SHADOW by Allen Say

Posted: September 7, 2016 in Autobiograph, graphic novels

Allen Say, Portland, Oregon author, reflects on moving to California from Japan only eight years after World War II.  A cold father dumped Allen into a youth military camp where he endured persecution, finally being thrown out.  His alter ego, a cartoon based on himself by his Sensie,  Noro Shinpie, was his only companion.  But opportune guardians helped him with  kindnesses along the way:  Willard who taught him to drive, the train engineer, Mr. Price who called him son, and Mrs. Swope, the art teacher who set him on the path to his eventual career.  He gives homage to them while not minimizing the trials.  Artfully done!

I am a fan.  Rather “Grandfather’s Journey,” or “The Boy of the Three-Year Nap” (Caldecott winner), Say has a way of harvesting a human experience from the reader’s heart by sharing his own.

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